After a compressed first season, contact with Wilmington’s Riverfront Park recreation manager
Working at the park has been a wonderful experience, Pugh said. This is something that has been in the works for years, since 2016, when the city adopted the parks bond. Voters gave the city approval to borrow money to launch $ 38 million in park projects, with the lion’s share going to the riverside park and site.
While LiveNation’s amphitheater has come under fire for accessibility issues, Pugh says the park itself is fully ADA compliant.
“I mean, it’s part of the design of the park itself. We have Ada and you know Live Nation is the manager of the concert hall. And where the park manager, they have ADA services, they have ADA zones, Ada tickets, and seats where people with disabilities can have someone you know, with them to sit with them. I think, you know, a lot of the issues are probably related to the fact that there isn’t a dedicated parking lot at the waterfront park itself.
The park has always had an ADA “drop zone,” according to Pugh, and the concern was to communicate the process in these situations to park visitors.
However, a new project always comes with challenges. Familiarizing people with the park and the processes and the way it’s set up is all new, and it’s in the first season is kind of a learning process for everyone. he declares. The ongoing construction in the area has also caused accessibility issues to the park.
One thing to note is that the park has had a condensed season, Pugh said. In the coming seasons, there won’t be so many concerts so close to each other. The hall hosted 22 concerts in the space of three months, whereas they would normally take place over a period of nine months.